2014 Brings New Opportunities for Mosaic Festival

CWS Greensboro is happy to announce exciting changes for Mosaic Festival 2014. The big news is that Mosaic is on the move – and there will be more of it to go around!

futbolfestTo kick off the festival season, CWS Greensboro is partnering with a number of fantastic local organizations to bring the Mosaic Marketplace to the first ever FutbolFest. FutbolFest is a day-long community celebration of the 2014 World Cup, showcasing our diverse cultures, soccer talent and love of the “beautiful game”. The event combines opportunities to play and watch soccer at all levels with the Mosaic Marketplace, featuring international cuisine, multicultural entertainment and bazaar.

This is a fantastic way to celebrate the multi-cultural unity of the World Cup and bring Mosaic to a new audience!

Futbol Fest will be held on Saturday May 31st at Bryan Park. The Mosaic Marketplace will be open from 11am – 7pm. Our good friends over at Our Children’s Community School will be hosting this year’s Kid Zone where a full schedule of interactive activities for kids (and adults) of all ages will run throughout the day. Registration for soccer teams is currently open. Get the most up to date information at futbolfest.org!

But wait… there’s more!


12 (1280x853)The number one piece of feedback we have heard from Mosaic fans after each year’s event is that you want more of it! We’ve heard you loud and clear and in honor of MOSAIC’s 5th year in Greensboro, we’re making Mosaic a summer long event! In addition to the Mosaic Marketplace featured at FutbolFest at the end of May, CWS Greensboro will host a four part series in Downtown Greensboro to carry the celebration through the summer and fall. The series will take place on a week day evening from 5pm – 9pm with a different international region high lighted each month.

The Mosaic Series will provide a venue for our community’s incredibly talented home cooks and ethnic community groups and restaurants to show case their culinary art alongside the world class music, dance, arts and crafts that make Mosaic what it is.  We will keep you updated in this space and on our Facebook page as we finalize dates and location.

If you’re interested in partnering on this series as a sponsor, food vendor, artist or performer at FutbolFest or the Mosaic Festival Summer Series, please contact us at mosaicfest@gmail.com to learn more. 

50 new citizens celebrate a special Fourth of July

Check out this great article from the News and Record about immigrants naturalizing on the 4th of July in Winston-Salem. It was a very special and emotional day for many!


WINSTON-SALEM — Eighty-three-year-old Maria Tomasa Orellana has waited a lifetime to become an American citizen.

And after Thursday’s naturalization ceremony, her wait is finally over.

“She always wanted to become an American, but she was scared because she doesn’t speak English,” her daughter, Alicia Orellana said. “But she always knew this is the best country to live in.”

Maria Tomasa Orellana, a native of El Salvador, has lived in the U.S. for 23 years.

She was one of 50 people from 28 different countries to become American citizens on Thursday.

“It was a very touching ceremony and I am just so proud of her,” Alicia Orellana said.

Countries from five continents were represented at the ceremony, with natives of Mexico, Niger, France, Venezuela, and China on hand.

The third annual event, attended by about 400 family members, friends and spectators, took place in Salem Square, the site of the first official July 4th celebration in the U.S. in 1783, according to Old Salem Museums and Gardens.

“It’s really meaningful for them to be naturalized in the same spot where colonists from all over became independent hundreds of years ago,” said Jennifer Kiger, marketing director at Old Salem Museums and Gardens. “It definitely makes the entire day that much more special.”

For Jorge Jaimes, who was born in Mexico, American citizenship means a chance to finally feel like he fits in.

“I can’t describe the feeling of finally being an American after spending so long suffering for being different,” he said. “People lower you and think you’re beneath them just because you’re not a citizen of this country.”

Jaimes, 26, said he looks forward to being able to vote and now plans to go to college and start his own business.

“I’ve lived here 20 years and I’m finally at the finish line,” he said. “This will be a new start for me.”

And Luis Lobo, executive vice president of BB&T and keynote speaker at the ceremony, said not to forget the struggles the new citizens have had to overcome to get to today.

Born in Costa Rica, Lobo told the story of how his father brought his family to the United States so he could pursue higher education.

“Just like my father became a hero to our family, you will be the hero to your descendents and have changed their lives forever,” he said, commending them for taking the risk in coming to the United States.

Lobo said one reason the ceremony is so exciting is because it is a result of many years of persevering and waiting.

Amritha and Prashanth Karkera have waited 15 years for this day.

“We were willing to wait for however long it took to get citizenship,” Amritha said. “This country has given us more than we could’ve ever asked for, so this is a very proud moment in our lives.”

Prashanth, who lives in Greensboro with his wife Amritha, said the United States has been a great place to raise their daughter and they have made many friends along the way.

When asked where they were from, Prashanth responded: “Yesterday I would’ve said just India. But today I say we’re from India and the United States of America, the best country in the world.”



2013 Mosaic Festival

We had an AMAZING Day today (despite the many days of rain that came before)! Enjoy some great photos from the event (more photos available at: www.facebook.com/mosaicgreensboro/photos_albums)

MOSAIC 2013 is almost here!

MOSAIC Festival 2013 is finally here, just 24 short hours away until festival park transforms into a gorgeous Global Bazaar! It looks like the rain is going to get it all out today and its shaping up to be a beautiful day tomorrow. Plus if we have a little rain mid day, all the better to dance to!

There is so much goodness in store for tomorrow you’ll have a hard time choosing what to do first!

Ethnic Street Food Fair

spring rollsWe have a record 20 Ethnic Food Vendors this year! With many of the festival favorites like Korean BBQ and Middle Eastern along with several new vendors including food from Laos, Indonesia, Latin American Ice Cream treats and even a SE Asian Vegan stand. Come Hungry!

Culture Expo Tent – New!

belly danceTry out your Belly Dance or Bollywood moves, watch a South Korean cooking demo, learn to make African jewelry from recycled paper or practice learning to wear a traditional Indian Sari. There are great workshops all day long at the CWS Culture Expo Tent so you won’t want to miss this.

Children’s Area Hosted by New Arrival’s Institute

37The Children’s Area has a bounce house for the kids along with arts and crafts and other activities. The New Arrival’s Institute is a partner non-profit providing English Language Classes, Health Literacy and Employment Training along with pre-school classes for refugees and immigrants.


raffleEnter to win great prizes while CWS Greensboro raise money to support the Cultural Orientation program for newly arrived refugees! This year’s raffle has some truly amazing options and each one is it’s own drawing so your chances are event better! Take a “staycation” with the O’Henry Hotel Weekend Getaway Pack, win a Pandora Bracelet, two weekend passes to Bonnaroo Music Festival plus tickets the The Drive By Truckers and Passion Pit and Cults!

Plus Artists, Crafts, Info booths and LOTS of dancing! And don’t forget the AFTER PARTY!!!

MOSAIC After Dark

madOur first ever MOSAIC After Party! The Blind Tiger is hosting the MOSAIC After Dark Benefit Concert. This event helps raise money to support MOSAIC Festival and the work of the organization in welcoming newcomers throughout the year. Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang and dub Addis will be playing full length sets, we’ll be raffling off great prizes and it’s a great chance to continue the fun while supporting a good cause. Music lovers will not want to miss this!

MOSAIC: Incredible Artists in 2013

MOSAIC Festival is thrilled to welcome the event’s most ambitious line up to date. With more than 20 acts from 15 cultural traditions, MOSAIC 2013 promises to be packed with incredible music and dance throughout the day. 

Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang

Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang

Greensboro is proud to welcome the “King of Bubu” Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang headlining this year on the main stage all the way from Brooklyn. Nabay’s infectious bubu style quickly won dedicated fans across Sierra Leone, where his records sold in the tens of thousands, blasting from local boom boxes across the country. Singing in Sierra Leone’s lingua franca, Krio, as well as his native tribal Temne, English, and Arabic, Nabay considers his work, then and now, a letter to Sierra Leoneans, a call for them to remember the roots of their culture. Janka Nabay goes on at 4pm and will be playing a longer set at the Blind Tiger’s “MOSAIC After Dark” show starting at 10 pm. Catch both sets and you won’t be sorry. 

Ricardo Diquez & the Tropic Orchestra

Ricardo Diquez & the Tropic Orchestra

Born to Trinidadian and Puerto Rican parents, Ricardo Diquez fell in love with the music and dance that filled his home as a child and has been performing himself for over twenty years. He will be performing at MOSAIC with the Tropic Orchestra, a lively Caribbean dance band featuring musicians from Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the US  that has grown widely popular across NC. Ricardo Diquez and the Tropic Orchestra will hit the main stage at 5:45 pm – come ready to dance!


dub Addis

With soulful melodies embedded in the polyrhythm of Africa, dub Addis hails from the horn of Africa, Ethiopia. Led by Singer-songwriter Dereje Tesfaye, dub Addis has been performing original songs for the last decade. dub Addis’s songs vary from traditional Ethiopian rhythms to Roots Reggae. They have shared stages with Hugh Masekela, The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Culture, Arrested Development, Morgan Heritage, Buju Banton, Vieux Farka Toure and more. Find dub Addis at 2:30 pm & opening later that night at the Blind Tiger. 

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The Brand New Life

Closing out the night with a 7:15 pm set on the main stage are local favorites The Brand New Life. The eight-piece band has become recognized as one of the Southeast’s top Afrobeat groups, sharing the stage with world-renowned all-stars such as Nigerian Afrobeat royalty Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and American Afrobeat collective Antibalas. With an adventurous original repertoire, the band avoids being classified as purely Afrobeat by drawing on a number of musical influences including New Orleans jazz and indie rock. The result is a rousing, danceable melting pot of sound, powered by fierce polyrhythm and forceful horns that can be heard on their self-titled album (2010) and recently released single Gigs/$$$.

Joining these amazing artists is a full day of music and dance with sets throughout on two stages. Look for:

Belly Dance Troupe Three Graces on the main stage at 1pm!

DoDream Korean Drums

WareWare Band

Los Viejitos

Bhutanese Dance by Binita, Pyrinka and Chhaii & Shriya Acharya

Children’s Dances from Venezuela and Mexico

Bollywood Dance by Damali & Dumanis

Triad Nepalese Community Center Dancers

Indian Harmonium by Rajen Sukhadia

Sao Lao – Traditional Lao Dance

Congolese Gospel by AWA Boboto

Korean String Music

Flamenco by World Dance Exchange 


Mosaic-FB-Profile-1aIt’s springtime here in Greensboro which means we at CWS are gearing up for our favorite time of year – MOSAIC Festival. After an overwhelming success last year, we are more excited than ever for our fourth annual festival which will be held this year on June 8th from 12pm – 8pm at Festival Park.

We have been busy working with performers, artists and vendors and plans are well under way for another awesome year. For those of you who are interested in participating and haven’t gotten your applications in yet – please make sure to get them in soon as slots are filling up quickly! Click here: for Vendor Applications and here for performers.

We are also thrilled to announce that we are adding an exciting new component to the event this year: The Culture Expo Tent will showcase workshops throughout the day where festival goers can engage with artists and speakers directly to learn more about the incredible music, dance, food and art on display. From dance and instrument demos to weaving to cultural discussions to learn more about the people and places that make up our community. If you’re interested in participating in a workshop – please contact us at mosaicfest@gmail.com!

Keep posted for updates as we get closer to the event including the mainstage music line up coming in May. We have some AMAZING artists this year and can’t wait for you to meet them!